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Edit the last or previous command line in an editor then execute

Terminal - Edit the last or previous command line in an editor then execute
fc [history-number]
2009-03-20 15:09:43
User: haivu
Functions: fc
Edit the last or previous command line in an editor then execute

If you would like to edit a previous command, which might be long and complicated, you can use the fc (I think it stands for fix command). Invoke fc alone will edit the last command using the default editor (specified by $FCEDIT, $EDITOR, or emacs, in that order). After you make the changes in the editor, save and exit to execute that command. The fc command is more flexible than what I have described. Please 'man bash' for more information.


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cool! 'fc $!' is great!

Comment by andreyevbr 374 weeks and 3 days ago

Good shell builtin. Didn't know it even existed, but I love it.

Comment by atoponce 374 weeks and 3 days ago

that is command-line-fu-tastic! tnx

Comment by mpb 374 weeks and 3 days ago

Very nice.

Comment by Williebee 374 weeks and 3 days ago

To get the 3rd to last history item use a dash in front of the number:

fc -3

To get a list of your history type:


then you can call one of the items by its number, like so:

fc 666
Comment by sudopeople 374 weeks and 3 days ago



is the same as

fc $!
Comment by haivu 365 weeks and 4 days ago

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